This past weekend I attended the annual USA Cycling Annual Meeting. One of the topics we discussed was the need to reduce the cost of entry for beginner riders so it’s easier for them enjoy our sport. As a follow up to last year’s meeting, the WSBA Boards strong opposition to the cost of the one day license fee, and negative feedback we’ve heard from membership and organizers. I delivered that message that the cost of 1 day licenses is overpriced. The most of the other Local Associations agreed with the WSBA and are also frustrated with the high cost of the 1 day licenses. Hopefully USA Cycling will take a good look at this and realize that lowering the cost of 1 day licenses to $5 is one of the best things they can do.
On a more positive note USA Cycling liked the WSBA’s idea of selling the following seasons annual license earlier in year so new members would be able to ride their first and second cross season for the cost of one annual license. They liked the idea so much that they are implementing the change this Thursday so you can race the rest of the 2014 season and all of 2015 season for the price of $70.
The benefits to you are
- You can race the rest of 2014 and all of 2015 for $70.
- There are 8 CX races in the WSBA region between now and the end of the year. There could be a 9thif things come together.
- It will cost $30 to race both days in the open category on a UCI license in Tacoma next month. With this offer if you buy the annual license you get all of the remaining races this year and all of next year’s races for the cost of 1 license.
- If you are a higher category in an unsanctioned series and a beginner in the USA Cycling system let me know because we can evaluate this on a case by cases bases.
I really missed being at the MFG race this weekend however being that guy that gets to deliver the message “for the love of the sport” to USA Cycling and getting them to move something like this was rewarding . I hope to see everyone at the upcoming races this year.
PS - Thanks for all of the FB comments, text messages and emails that you send me while I was in Colorado.